The battle over same sex marriage goes to court in Illinois

May 31, 2012 at 4:18 pm

The battle over same sex marriage goes to court in Illinois. Two lawsuits have been in Cook County on behalf of 25 gay and lesbian couples who were denied marriage licenses. The suits, filed by the ACLU and Lambda Legal, challenge Illinois marriage law on a constitutional basis.

So what could this mean for Quad City gays wanting to tie the knot? Some say it’s a big step toward equality. It’s been a trickle down effect. Earlier this month President Obama came out in support of gay marriage and Governor Quinn joined in soon after. Now the Illinois gay community is taking the fight into its own hands.

21 year–old Neal Shipley has his whole life planned out. He’s about to graduate college and start a career in social work. But there’s a big part of his dream missing.

“You can date anywhere but you always hope that you can get married and you hope that your marriage choice can be more open to who you’re in love with and not so much where you’re in love” Shipley said.

With only a handful of states recognizing gay marriage, Neal hopes his hometown will be lucky number 7.

“It’d be nice to be able to stay in Illinois, get married and not have to uproot my family and my job to just move somewhere where it’s legal” Shipley said.

Illinois approved same sex civil unions last year while just across the river Iowa legalized gay marriage in 2009.

Read the article from WHBF, CBS 4 Quad Cities.

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